Policies

Confidentiality:

Data obtained from samples submitted to the NMR facility are considered confidential and will not be shared with third parties without the user’s express and written consent. Furthermore it is assumed that samples and their metadata provided to the facility will be anonymized and/or have any critical data (as defined by IU Data Management policies) removed.

Cost Recovery/Payment:

Full payment is expected if data are obtained in good quality, regardless of whether or not it represents the result expected by the user. If data quality is not adequate for further data analysis because of sample problems (such as compound decomposition or sample participation during data collection), the fees associated with it would be reduced by 50%. In case that data collection fails due to spectrometer problems, there will be no charge on the user side.

For IU users, an IU account number must be provided before service is provided. The PI must sign and date the agreement. For non-IU users, a purchase order must be provided before service is provided. The facility bills monthly. The charge rates will be reviewed and approved annually by the IUB COAS office.

Prioritization of Work: 

For IU-Bloomington users, the NMR spectrometers in Chemistry Building must be reserved via the MAGRES online reservation system on a “first come, first serve” basis. The 800 MHz and 600 MHz spectrometers in Simon Hall are pre-reserved the first twenty days of each month for the IUB primary bioNMR research groups (currently Giedroc and Ziarek). The rest of time as well as any unused pre-reserved time can be used by other users. Requests for use of the 800 MHz and 600 MHz must be sent through email to the Facility Director or the bioNMR staff. The bioNMR staff will assign spectrometer time to users. All users are treated equally.

For non-IUB users, a service request form will need to be filled out for each sample and submitted to the facility. The facility staff will schedule the service upon availability of the spectrometers.

Acknowledgement, Publication and Authorship: 

The NMR facility provides a range of services for researchers, some of which do not constitute a substantial intellectual contribution to merit authorship on resulting publications. Examples of such services include running the routine NMR experiments or training students to use instrumentation. We do require acknowledgement of the NMR facility and its personnel for these efforts in publications. The acknowledgement may read “We thank the Indiana University NMR Facility for ……” and “We gratefully acknowledge Dr. XXX of the Indiana University NMR Facility for ……“.  We also require acknowledgement of the grant(s) used to purchase the instruments that obtained the data. These grants are listed below.

  • V800:   A grant from the Lilly Endowment
  • B600:   Indiana University fund
  • B500:   NSF CHE-1920026, Indiana University fund

The acknowledgement may read “The 800 MHz NMR spectrometer used in this research was generously supported by a grant from the Lilly Endowment” or “The NMR instrumentation of the Indiana University NMR facility was supported by NSF grant CHE-1920026 and Indiana University funds“.

We ask that we are notified of any papers published using data obtained from one of our instruments for inclusion in status reports to granting agencies and in generating future proposals.

If there is significant intellectual or organizational effort on the part of facility staff, then authorship on resulting publications should be warranted. Examples of substantial intellectual contribution include (1) NMR data are critical to the scientific argument made in the publication and the NMR facility staff is integral to interpreting those data. (2) Substantial, non-routine effort is required of the NMR facility staff to generate data cited in the publication. (3) A method used to generate key NMR data is adapted from a prior publication, which requires software or hardware modifications and troubleshooting to implement locally. (4) The NMR staff is deeply involved in the NMR data interpretation of the study.

Conflict Resolution: 

In the event that disagreements arise with respect to issues such as scheduling disputes, instrument access, billing disputes, quality of service, conflicts of interest, or authorship, the Facility Director will first discuss this with the respective Principle Investigator. In the event that a mutually agreeable resolution cannot be reached, either (or both) of these parties can solicit the assistance of the Facility Advisory Committee.

Regulatory Compliance:

All researchers working in the NMR facility must follow proper laboratory safety precautions. The NMR facility follows the regulation of Indiana University regarding lab safety and potential hazardous materials. Users must disclose the potential hazards of materials brought to the facility. It is advised that users prepare their samples in their home labs before bringing them to the facility.

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